Christmas at The Bowes Museum

A varied programme of scintillating Christmas activities celebrates the festive season at The Bowes Museum. Ranging from a popular annual market, to Santa’s enchanted wonderland grotto, the events promise something magical for all the family.  

Mischief Makers

Santa is coming and the nights are getting cold,
Elves are causing mischief and need to be told!
Help find where they are hiding,
Use your sparkly eyes,
Find them all to find the word and come and claim your prize!

Santa has sent 10 elves to the Museum to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, can you find them all?

Christmas Market

The Bowes Museum Christmas Market

14, 15 & 16 December, £5.00 Adult, £2.50 Children

The Bowes Museum’s popular annual Christmas Market is not to be missed. Come and enjoy a unique shopping experience in a fun festive atmosphere. With lots of hand-picked stallholders offering delicious food and unique crafts, carol singing and free fairground rides, this is the feel good event of the season.

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Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto

1 - 21 December (exc 14 - 16), £10.00 Child, Inc entry to Grotto for accompanying adult

14 December, £10.00 Child, £5.00 Adult, Inc entry to Christmas Market & Museum

Santa is coming to the Museum again this December, so come and join us for a magical family experience. First, visit Santa’s workshop where his friendly elves will help you make some Christmas crafts. Then, meet Santa all cosy in his sitting room, where he will complete the magic with an early Christmas present. 

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By booking, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions>.Remember to let us know the children's name, age and what they would like from Santa to make your visit extra special. 

Wednesday 12 December

3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00

Thursday 13 December

4.30 5.00

Friday 14 December

12.00 12.30 1.00 1.30 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30

Saturday 15 December

All slots fully booked

Sunday 16 December

All slots fully booked

Monday 17 December

4.00 5.30

Tuesday 18 December

3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30

Thursday 20 December


Friday 21 December

All slots fully booked